Peninsula State ParkTrail descriptions
Sunset Bike route (9.6 miles)
Starting near the Fish Creek entrance to the Park, the fine gravel on the relatively flat Sunset Trail accommodates bicycles, wheelchairs and hikers. The trail traverses Weborg Marsh, cedar and maple trees and cliff communities. The Sunset Bike Route connects to a return route at Nicolet Beach, for four additional miles on the Park's scenic back roads. Remember to use extreme caution on all hills and curves and always ride single file. Adult and youth bike rentals are available in Fish Creek and at the Nicolet Beach concession stand.
Hidden Bluff is a scenic 0.75-mile spur of the Sunset Trail providing access to the nature center and a shortcut for bicyclists traveling to and from Nicolet Bay.
Off-road biking trails
Off-Road Bike Trails traverse 12 miles of rugged, unsurfaced terrain in the park's interior. Bicyclists who use off-road trails must be equipped and prepared to take on the challenge. State trail passes are required for riders age 16 and older.
Eagle trail (2.0 mile loop)
Difficult. Remarkable 150-foot cliffs, springs and forested terraces make Eagle Trail memorable. Several steep, rocky sections offset a level segment that parallels Eagle Harbor. Trilliums and thimbleberry brighten the trailside, as does less common cranberry vibernum. Access at Eagle Terrace, Eagle Panorama or Tower.
Hemlock trail (1.8 miles, one way)
Moderate. Lake iris greets hikers at the edge of a cedar-hemlock forest. Skirt up a low bluff and catch a glimpse of the Strawberry Islands through birch and pine trees. Access near Weborg Campground or Tennison Bay Campground.
Lone Pine trail (0.5 miles, one way)
An ancient sea cave along the Eagle Trail.
Moderate. This trail connects to several convenient loops. Ascend a dolostone bluff then hike a forest dominated by beech, maple and oak trees. Can you spot the solitary white pine, the trail's namesake, now lying on the forest floor? Access at the southeast corner of South Nicolet Campground.
Minnehaha trail (0.7 miles, one way)
Easy. This refreshing lakeshore trail links South Nicolet Bay Campground and Eagle Trail. Access near campsite 844.
Nicolet Bay trail (2.2 miles, one way)
Moderate. Watch for wild turkeys and pileated woodpeckers in a forest of basswood, white ash and hemlock trees. This trail passes within a quarter mile of Nicolet Beach with convenient access gained from the amphitheater parking lot or Welcker's Campground.
Sentinel trail (2.0 mile loop)
Easy. Walk past stands of maple, beech and red pine. Trail signs interpret forest ecology. A .6-mile portion of the trail is graveled to facilitate mobility. Access at Eagle Tower.
Skyline trail (3.0 mile loop)
Sentinel Trail near Eagle Tower.
Moderate. Climb to Sven's Bluff through rolling terrain. Watch for stone fences and open meadows, which are remnants of long ago farms. Hikers can connect to other trails via Skyline. Access at Skyline parking lot on Shore Road.
Trail Tramper's Delight trail (0.5 miles, one way)
Easy. This trail name originated in the early 1920s when hikers walked from Nicolet Bay to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. In the hot summer the shaded path provided a cool walk, which was a trail tramper's delight. Access near Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.
Vita Course trail (1.0 mile loop)
Eleven exercise stations wind through beautiful forest scenery. Stations develop strength, stamina and coordination for different ability levels. Access at the southwest corner of the amphitheater parking lot.
White Cedar nature trail (0.5 mile loop)
Easy. Self-guided nature trail teaches about deer ecology. Access at nature center.
Cross-country ski trails (mileage from parking lots)
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- White Loop (1.5 miles, esy). A bit more difficult than the yellow loop, but still geared for beginners, this trail has several gentle hills. Skiers tour through stands of cedar and spruce and along marshes adjacent to Green Bay.
- Black Loop (3 miles, moderate). Skiers of intermediate skill levels will enjoy the varied scenery and topography. There is one very steep uphill climb where the trail separates from the white loop. Skiers should remove their skis for this one. The black loop takes skiers through relatively remote pine forest over gently rolling terrain. Watch out for the steep curving hill on the last half-mile section.
- Brown Loop (3.5 miles, moderate). Skiers of intermediate skill level will enjoy this loop. This trail continues with the black loop up the very steep uphill climb where skiers should remove their skis. The brown loop has one challenging downhill stretch where the trail merges with the purple loop.
- Purple Loop (5.7 miles, difficult). This is Peninsula’s most challenging ski trail. Hills are abundant throughout the northern section of the loop. Access to views of Green Bay from high atop Sven’s Bluff may be obtained by those ready to take on the challenge.
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- Skate Skiing (6.5 miles, difficult). Combined sections of the purple, blue and green loops are groomed for skating and striding.
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- Yellow Loop (1 mile, easy). This is the easiest loop, geared for the novice skier. Skiers traverse very gentle terrain through hardwood forests and old fields.
- Orange Loop (3 miles, moderate). This is Peninsula’s most popular loop. Skiers with some experience will enjoy gliding down several hills.
- Red Loop (3.5 miles, difficult). The red loop is for more experienced skiers who like the challenge of hills. Skiing this is basically the entire orange loop plus an additional section that has a steep downhill.
- Green Loop (5.6 miles, difficult). This loop is ideal for intermediate level skiers who are looking for a longer tour. Skiers travel through remote areas of the park with a variety of forest types and across one large field just north of Middle Road. Watch out for some short hills between Highland and Middle Roads.
- Blue Loop (7 miles, difficult). This trail encompasses all the hills encountered on the red and green loops plus takes skiers through a long section of lesser used trail. Easy access may be made with the purple loop for longer tours.
Snowshoe trails (mileage from parking lots)
- Nature center: (1.4 mile loop). Difficult. Traverse a 5,000-year-old shoreline, now forested with ironwood, pine and maple. Watch for snowshoe signs and flagging halfway along this trail as you climb a steep section. A tough climb, but very rewarding.
- Nicolet Bay: (1 mile each way). Moderate. Park at the Nicolet Bay angler parking lot by following directional signs. This trail winds through a closed campground along Green Bay and then through the woods. Watch for pileated woodpeckers, migrating waterfowl (during ice-out) and stately hemlock trees.
- Eagle Tower: (2.8 mile loop). Moderate. Follow the beginning of Sentinel Trail, then circle back via a rolling trail through beech-maple woods. Remember to please stay off of the ski trails.
Peninsula has 17 miles of scenic snowmobile trails. Snowmobiles are allowed only on marked trails.